Living Streets has teamed up with an award-winning community activist to create a ‘how to’ guide, to help people set up a pocket park – or ‘parklet’ - on their street.
Parklets have been popular in the US since the 1990s. In the UK, one of the first of its kind appeared in Hackney, London in 2015, with others now popping up in Leeds and Greater Manchester.
Brenda Puech led London’s parklet revolution when she transformed a parking space outside her home into a parklet, creating a game-changing innovative use of street space. The immensely popular creation led to parklet permits being made legal in Hackney and other London boroughs.
Living Streets has teamed up with Brenda Puech to create a Parklets toolkit to help others follow in her footsteps and reclaim public spaces in their local area.
The toolkit has launched this week, just in time for International Car Free Day (22 September).
Where I live, there are more than twice as many households that don’t own a car as ones that do. Yet nearly all our kerbside space is devoted to car parking. I couldn’t shake off the feeling of what a waste of precious space it was. Public spaces in cities and kerbsides should be for people, not just for storage of private, stationary metal boxes. After much campaigning, we are in the position now where we have a parklet permit scheme. It’s proving to be truly revolutionary for communities.
Living Streets’ Parklets toolkit has advice on how to start your own parklet, from getting relevant permissions to promoting your parklet; plus thoughts from Brenda Puech and other parklet pioneers, including Chris Boardman, MBE.
Living Streets will be hosting parklets and other events in London, Birmingham and Hastings to celebrate International Car Free Day. Find out more here.